Insulating Is All About The Payback!
Ask yourself these questions:
- If the cost of insulating or re-insulating your metal building were free, would you do it?
- What if it paid you money back?
Installing an effective fiberglass insulation system in your new or existing metal building may do just that. With a minimal initial expenditure – a large portion of which may be tax deductible.
You can also get immediate long-term reductions to energy costs, essentially putting more money back into your pocket.
Thermal Energy Loss
The president of Building Outlet Corporation, has serviced the metal building industry for over 30 years, and knows the inarguable benefits of re-insulating. “Thermal energy loss is one of the largest drains on and expenses for a steel or metal building owner. By taking measures to increase the energy efficiency of a steel building through installing appropriate energy saving insulation products, owners and constructors can immediately realize the long-term financial and environmental paybacks of such actions.”
Enough air can escape a poorly insulated steel building to amount to thousands of dollars a year in wasted energy expenses. Properly installed quality insulation acts as a barrier to slow the movement of air between the exterior and interior of a steel building, it allows energy consumption to become more efficient, resulting in lower energy outlays. “It’s all about the cost of ownership, comfort of employees and payback of the initial investment through the savings of energy costs,” argues Danny. “The initial cost will be absorbed by the immediate reduction in energy bills, not to mention the multitude of energy savings it will produce. In fact, some steel building owners have reported a 50% savings in energy costs and a complete payback within two years, making re-insulating the easiest decision anyone could make.
The “Green” side of Fiberglass Insulation
In a time when energy prices are at historical highs and other energy-efficient, environmentally conscious “green” insulation products are priced at a premium, fiberglass insulation prices have remained consistent and affordable. In Danny’s experience, fiberglass insulation is the only green insulation product that pays for itself in a short time, an energy saving system “that is simple to implement and easy to maintain.”
Although many people may not think of fiberglass insulation as a green product, it has been, in fact, a green product before products were categorized as “green” or Environmentally friendly. Composed of natural ingredients including sand and recycled glass products; fiberglass insulation has been an effective insulator since the 1930s, drastically reducing overall energy consumption, cutting the demand on power plants and the air pollutants they produce as by-products.
Modern advances in the science of fiberglass insulation since the 1930s, in addition to available upgrades to increase durability and strength, provide time-tested yet technologically advanced insulation products for maximum energy efficiency. The available combinations of customizable products are immense, able to suit any building owner’s distinct needs.
Determining the Right Insulation Product
“Fiberglass insulation is engineered to meet the unique thermal and acoustical requirements of today’s metal building designers, the ease-of-application, needs of builders, plus the cost-control needs of metal building owners,” states Danny. By determining the right product at the right thickness, or R-Value of insulation, builders can create customized insulation systems that supply the aforementioned energy savings, in addition to increasing the comfort and safety of a steel or metal structure through humidity & condensation control, and lighting efficiency.
For example, when equipped with a laminated vinyl/polypropylene vapor retardant insulation material known as facing, quality fiberglass insulation prevents condensation and mold, allowing for better climate control and a safer interior environment. Insulation facing materials also provide bright, reflective wall and ceiling treatments to increase lighting efficiency and safety, reducing energy bills and costs for additional lighting fixtures.
Additionally, reflective fiberglass insulation is designed and manufactured to meet stringent requirements for strength, durability and permeability, it is also UL-rated to reduce potential fire damage. High-quality insulation can also contribute to pest control and will produce a better audio environment through sound absorption.
It’s your decision. You can either continue to pay exponentially higher energy costs, drastically alter the comfort level inside your steel building, or have your steel building evaluated for ways to increase energy efficiency. Take the steps that will benefit you and your immediate environment. Reduce your carbon footprint and your energy costs by properly insulating your metal building/structure.